A Message From Kevin Cassidy

Hello everyone.

This is t27duck. I know many of you probably have gone through several emotional roller coasters over the last few days.

I have been in contact directly with NickyHill over the....uhh... status of things and have received direct instructions from Kevin.

Firstly, the following is a direct copy/paste from Kevin Cassidy himself...

Hey guys, I'm sorry I've been MIA for the last few days. This was completely unplanned, and I had no way to contact anyone when it happened.

I want you all to know that I'm healthy and safe. That goes for Mom Brain and the whole GN crew too. Actually, it goes for anyone tied to GN. We are 100% fine, I promise.

Obviously something is keeping me away from work for the time being, but I can't get into details yet. I know that's extremely frustrating, and I am right there with you. As soon as everything is worked out, I'll be back to share details with you.

Again, I promise everyone is in good health. This is not related to the pandemic or anything like that. Mom Brain and I are sitting on the couch doing crossword puzzles and being our stupid selves as I type this.

When everything is settled, I'll fill you all in. Unfortunately, it's going to take patience, and that goes for our end too.

Ok, so again the above is straight from Kevin.

Additionally despite the very appreciative rise of support from his staff and fans... I have also recieved other instructions.

Disregard the post about Nintendojam and Yoshiller "handling the site" until his return. No, they are not in any trouble. I have been instructed that this post is the post on the site until I hear otherwise. I am not revoking anyone's access to various parts of the site for the time being unless told otherwise, but I do ask the existing alt story writers to "take a break" until given the high sign else I will invoke stronger measures.

Beyond that, the rest of this site will run as "normal" with comments and PMs working as they should.

Categories: Top Stories


Wed Mar 10 21 03:36pm
Rating: 5

The weirdest thing now is reading news on other Nintendo sites =0

Yeah. I'm currently using Nintendolife...something that I haven't touched in years.

Thu Mar 11 21 10:13am
Rating: 5

Same... and NintendoLife is no real substitute for GN...

Thu Mar 11 21 02:00pm
Rating: 2

This is ironic because I stopped using Nintendolife after getting some flak over there, then when using GoNintendo...i forgot almost everything about Nintendolife.

Suddenly GoNintendo is the actual NintendoLife. I can't put my finger on it and I don't listen to the podcasts the whole time. But something about the Rawmeat Cowboy and the snappy interface here really really makes me use this more than other sites.

Even after I got my account back from Nintendolife...I still can't get used to things without GoNintendo.

Thu Mar 11 21 05:26pm
Rating: 3 (Updated 2 times)

Yeah, I bailed from Nintendolife for here too, back in 2013. I got banned several times there because they had only one mod running the forums back then and a TON of trolls and not-nice people were frequent there, but would almost never get actioned, yet if you acted out against them, you'd get actioned. That plus me being a dumb teen and doing things that did legitimately need actioning against (some stuff like slurs i used to use honestly, makes me wonder why I didn't get more of a punishment, looking back since nowadays I'd punch myself for doing stupid things like that to be edgy) didn't help much either.

Oddly enough I think the more welcoming and less anxiety-inducing nature of this place not only helped set my dumb teen mind straight (thanks for Cort being helpful and such on that front with advice, too), but just led me to enjoying the community all around. I still said stupidass shit here in my first two years I REALLY regret now, but at least the site reboot in 2015 nuked that stuff from existence for the most part. I mellowed out very easily here and it's been my home page since 2013 for a reason. I just hope to god whatever is happening, isn't legal related...

Been long since unbanned from NL and that site got rid of the old moderator that I didn't like and actually hired a team of mods, but the forums are shaky and honestly the comment sections are even more toxic than when I was last there, so I only really pay attention to their youtube vids now since the YT team there is still super nice and great people, and the comments on their vids are nowhere near as nasty as NL comments in general on the site. Makes me glad we have good moderation here.

Mon Mar 15 21 09:27am
Rating: 6

❤️ glad to hear it my friend.

Have had countless similar stories over the past fifteen years. The positivity of GN and its community are no coincidence 😎

Sadly, even the closest members of the GN crew have been blindsided by the radio silence, which given RMCs track record of openness, brutal honesty, and transparency, really causes us concern. Luckily we know it's not health or similar tragedy. But still.

That said, hold tight. Aside from a purebred love of games, it's always been the GN oendan that kept him and the rest of us going.

Yea... NintendoLife blows. Been using it since this stopped, and I’m really deciding to just stay uninformed at this point beyond Nintendo‘s official socials.

YEah, was a spin there too. Well, they cover news I guess. I don't even bother with the comment section. Will be even more Dtoid now it seems! Now that's a nice multiplat site!

But damn how long is this shit gonna take?

So true. Nintendo Life will cover anything, even if it's a baseless rumor or leak Sad
Nintendo Everything is the least bad one IMO

I even check sometimes a Brazilian one, but mostly just to see news regarding us getting official physical software. But I don't like reading the comments there, because people will complain extensively about every single piece of news and the level of rudeness is miles ahead of what you sometimes see here.

Here's hoping things return to normal soon Smile
And how are your classes going?

I'm nostly on Dtoid these days anyway. They DO cover Nintendo news pretty good, and I get other stuff... But for pure Nintendo sites GN is THE site to go to. And the comment section here... If you think there's "drama" here then take a look at those Ninty sites you mentioned ;) They are OK sites and all, but nothing compares to this one.

YEah, here's for hoping.

Classes are going good. I have way too little time to game though. She's pulling everything she can out of me...And damn I have to work hard myself. But I'll find a way to do everything I want! Smile

You speak fluent German now? Smile

The drama here is nothing compared to the others. On the Brazilian one, get this, people want Nintendo to have a pricing strategy exclusive to the Brazilian market and that greatly benefits us. I don't know what kind of drugs these people are taking, but they can't be cheap.

Glad things are progressing well for you Smile
I'm progressing well, but not nearly fluent. I can make myself understood in a very simple and poorly structured way, but I've been going at it all by myself (and without spending a cent) for just over a year now. There's still a lot more to be done.

People are becoming way too entitled these days. That's what happens when you can hide behind a screen and be a keyboard warrior. Those same people wouldn't dare say a word to a Nintendo employee... Actually, I think they'd just suck up to them instead Smile

Finally got Momotarou denTetsu yesterday... 'm surprised how much I understand...Not suprised how much I don't Smile

So true. Being protected from a punch on the face gives courage to a lot of people

Is that the newest Japanese sensation? The name seems familiar. Always nice to understand stuff on a new language Smile
I just finished watching Beauty and the Beast in German and understood more than I expected. Sadly there aren't many movies/shows with audio and Close Caption in German available in Brazil

It goes the other way too actually. People on the internet showing of how nice and kind they are, when in reality they're the biggest assholes there are. Damn self-loving narcissistic, attention-loving dickweeds... Oh, well. It's net.

It's nothing new in Japan, but it's been posted o here a gazillion times lately because of the Switch version's sales being great. So I got the Super Famicom (Sfammy from now on) version. It's my first boxed Sfammy game actually, so I'll treasure it for that, but the game is damn fun. It's Japanese Monopoly basically. Lots of cultural stuff I just don't get apart from the language, like why is this giant baby running after me eating my money? Oh well, I laugh at least while I (try to) learn Smile Oh and I also got Super Mario RPG... I'll have to hit the books a bit more for that one, but I do understand the charm of it at least =)

You should watch some childrens shows in German... I'll ask my buddy...OK, one is "die sendung mit der maus". No idea what it is, but it's probably on da tube!

Now for some more Sfammy games to check I got today. And be waiting for RMC to show Bayonetta 3 exclusively to me here on Gonintendo!

Is this "Japanese monopoly" the one that has crossovers with Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest?

I'll add that show to my list Smile
If you know any other ones, please send them my way ;)

One dream of mine is getting the physical version of some Famicom and Super Famicom games. Love them

I think ENTHROPY is referring to Momotaro Dentetsu, while you're thinking of Itadaki Street (Fortune Street for the Wii release).

Both series are pretty much Japan-only, though.

Thanks for clarifying Smile
These Japan-only games always confuse me

Now I want to play Fortune Street hehe

It's A OK if you write Enthropy Smile And yeah, I even wrote it was denTetsu SmilenHaven't played Itadaki Street but I'll look into it. Heard the name a gazillion times anyway!

Unsure about cross overs, really. Haven't seen any. Damn addictive though. Got many SNES games now. Within a year or two I'll be playing FF6 and DQ 5-6 Smile Well, I can try at least.

I'll ask my German friends I ive with and send ya huge list! =)

I have yet to play a lot of FF and DQ in English hehe

Looking forward to the list Smile

And if anyone you know decides to learn Portuguese, I can make a list of all the reasons not to XD

And if anyone you know decides to learn Portuguese, I can make a list of all the reasons not to XD

I demand a list of minimum 5 points!

Damn this wait for GN to get back is still on...So weird.

- The language has phonetic sounds you'll never learn correctly and they are a part of simple words such as bread and hand
- Mispronouncing these words will cause people to laugh because some end up sounding like dirty words
- Most of the population can't understand even Portuguese people speaking Portuguese, so they'll have a lot of trouble with you speaking Portuguese
- Most of the population can't even use singular and plural forms correctly, so 90% of grammar and 70% of vocabulary you'll learn is mostly useless
- People will lie and deceive you for being a "gringo" whether you speak Portuguese or not
- If you desperately need to be understood, Google translate will likely do a better job than someone stressed trying to speak their third or fourth language. And it can be downloaded to work offline
- You could get seriously sick. We have yellow fever, zika, dengue fever and the list goes on
- You could get mugged and assaulted
- You could be kidnapped for ransom
- You could get killed
- And the few people who won't hurt you, won't cheat you out of money and will actually have more than two brain cells for you to communicate with, speak English.

I can't wait for it to return to normal either... it's really weird

Thu Mar 11 21 02:24pm
Rating: 3

A little surprised this is still going on. I went from being worried, to being relieved after the update was posted, to starting to get worried again due to no new updates... >_>

Considering how it's affecting us readers/listeners, I can't imagine how bad it is for RMC. This is his livelihood.

Yeah.. I can't imagine what this is like for him, right now.

Thu Mar 11 21 02:39pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

the radio silence is.... eerie

Still nothing?
I know I'm impatient, but the best podcast suddenly went dark. Sad

I've been reading this site near daily since before the Wii, and nothing like this has ever happened before. I'm hopeful everything will be a-ok. Maybe it's some awesome new development, not all explanations have to be bad! Maybe the game site equivalent of RDJ being offered the role of Iron Man has happened to RMC. Speculation is just not called for, but so hard not to engage in.

What surprises me is how many people here listen to the podcast. I don't do podcasts, any podcast. I always, frankly, got miffed at how this site slowed down on Saturdays. But now that I see so many people enjoy it, I won't be so "miffy" in the future. I am older now, and check this site a little less often than I used to (was my most visited site for like ten years, now third most) and I'm more likely to buy games now for my son than myself, but this site has always been a work of love and run by the very nicest man on the internet. I don't know of anyone who projects a kinder attitude than Kevin, and we all really appreciate it. Whatever is happening is mysterious, and we're curious, but we trust you infinitely. The bit about "no way to communicate" is creepy, frankly, so we're just nervous because this is our spot that you've poured your heart into, but we are all excited for things to get back to usual or at least to hear whatever is happening. Thanks for all those great years and I hope good things for you, whatever happens.

Thu Mar 11 21 04:49pm
Rating: 1

Anyone else have their episode 811 refresh in their feed mid way through last week? If so.. has anyone else listened to it just for the comfort of it?

I did notice that last week...I also noticed 811 didn't have into music which struck me as particularly odd as well.

Maybe it's a secret message.

People usually call 911 for emergencies, but RMC may be telling us to call 811, his private emergency number.

Looking forward to the "New Message from Kevin Cassidy" post.

New Message from Kevin Cassidy XL

That one comes after New Message. And then New Message 2DS XL. Except if the text is really short and in that case should be called New Message Lite.

And then everyone will be asking why it isn't Switch Message from Kevin Cassidy.

The next 3DS update will include, besides added stability, Swapnote with Kevin Cassidy.

I might be in the minority, but I loved the stereoscopic effect of New Message. The 2D version of New Message was pointless to me, I mean in that case I could just read messages on other sites. I suppose most people agree that the main point with the New Message is the actual message, but still.

I refuse to read Nintendo news elsewhere. If there's a Switch Pro or BoTW2 & Metroid Prime 4 trailers, I don't want to hear about it!

Thu Mar 11 21 07:30pm
Rating: 2

This feels longer than the year we had to wait for a proper Nintendo Direct!

Hey RMC, I just want you to know I'm waiting patiently and you should continue doing whatever it is you need to do without letting anyone or anything here weigh you down or stress you out. We all know you care about the site and the people here, so we know you're doing the best you can. Keep playing crossword puzzles peacefully. 🙂

Np keep safe everyone

Fri Mar 12 21 01:11am
(Updated 2 times)

i feel really bad for rmc. whoever is doing this is completely screwing up his livelihood by preventing him from doing what he's done everyday for 16 years. like i said before considering how long it's been it's probably a legal issue. he's sitting there at home and could talk to us but isn't able to. it sucks. and if it's a legal issue they're going to get a lot of problems for doing this to him. i'll support him however i can if this is effecting his revenue

Fri Mar 12 21 10:19am
Rating: 2

Or maybe he is making a deal with Nintendo to be officially sponsored by them?! You have to think positive. I have no idea what is happening either, but it could end up being a good thing. We shall see!

Or maybe they're finally getting that sweet sweet Viennetta sponsorship deal!

Fri Mar 12 21 02:06pm
Rating: 1

It's good to think positively but a deal like that wouldn't force him to not be allowed to update the site. they've worked with nintendo in the past before. also it's weird because i heard a few other small outlets have also been silent. this happened right after the pokemon moba leak that tencent is doing. i'm hoping it's nothing bad but i've been around here since 2006 and this is the weirdest thing that's ever happened and very uncharacteristic of rmc. this site is his baby and he would do literally everything he could to keep the site updated everyday and never miss a podcast. if he ever had to leave he would at least mention he had to and have others take over the site in his absence. 2 days before he went silent there were people on twitter saying how him and other sites posting that pokemon leak was a really bad idea :\

Fri Mar 12 21 06:16pm
Rating: 1

Which is kinda odd since Kevin and co here at GN were always damn careful about posting some content, like leaks...

Strange. Any idea what the other sites are?

I'm legitimately concerned at this point.

Hope all things work out. Miss you all and take care. Hope to see GN running again.

Fri Mar 12 21 11:18am
Rating: 5

I don't mind waiting for Metroid Prime 4, Breath of the Wild 2, Zelda Anniversary Collection, F-Zero NX, or whatever, but oh boy waiting for the Mighty RMC is killing me.

Fri Mar 12 21 03:05pm
Rating: 1

Just raising a preemptive middle finger to Tencent if they have anything to do with this

Heck, I'm raising one at Tencent regardless.

Fri Mar 12 21 06:23pm
Rating: 8

Okay, so who else keeps refreshing the page hoping for an update then comes to the last comments page just to hope for the best? Just me? Probably not. Truly hoping the best for RMC and the GoNintendo team. Hoping for a quick return.

Nope, I do the same thing, lolol.

Fri Mar 12 21 07:21pm
Rating: 1

I've always refreshed the sites 20 times a day... Now it's down to 15 lol

Its become a compulsion... if even just for a "hey. So that was crazy but everything is alright, now!". This crew is such a positive light.. NOTHING better try to extinguish it.

I am doing this too. C. VC.

Thank you RMC and the whole crew.

I have been visiting this site daily (most days multiple times) since it was a blogspot, which I can't believe is over 15 years. It was my number 1 visited site up until 2016, when life caught up and games took a backseat.
Thank you for being the best site for nintendo news, your dedication, and the community here are the reason this site is still the only place I visit for nintendo news.

Glad to hear its not health related and that everyone is ok. Will be patiently waiting for the site to return.

Why would it be Pokemon Unite related when it happened quite a number of days prior?

Could have taken some time before they found out about it...

Is this the post that supposedly gave him trouble? https://gonintendo.com/stories/377773-pokemon-unite-beta-gameplay-round-up
I noticed all vídeos have been taken down.

Fri Mar 12 21 08:37pm
Rating: 2

A few days of reading gaming news elsewhere just makes me miss GoNintendo even more. Sad It's just the perfect style of video game reporting for me.

Sat Mar 13 21 12:09am
(Updated 1 time)

We're getting dangerously close to a second week without a podcast... It's honestly the only show I listen to/watch every single week with out fail. I need that sweet sweet pod.

Did anyone else watch the fancast? I give full marks for effort, but it's just not the same. Thank you guys for at least giving it a shot!

Hope you're all alright mate 👍

Sat Mar 13 21 04:31pm
Rating: 3

Well I guess we've now missed 2 podcasts 2 weeks in a row. Which is insane considering a podcast was never missed since they started. The podcast is probably the best thing rmc and crew do

Sat Mar 13 21 05:11pm
Rating: 1

So it's definitely legal trouble, right?

My crazy tin foil hat theory is that RMC got a job at NOA and is prepping moving to Redmond while under NDA. I’m keeping positive lol, and it’d be a definite upgrade than hiring the IGN Nintendo crew like they have been.

RMC became president of NOA and GN will be their official news site!.... Nice to dream at times.

That was my first thought reading this message, and after hearing about the Tencent/Pokemon MOBA leak happening here days before RMC went MIA it seems to add up as being the potential cause. Although it is strange that he couldn’t get in touch with anyone, especially other staffers to let them know the situation. Could they really treat this thing so seriously as to raid phones/computers etc. thus explaining his difficulty in getting in touch with anyone? Perhaps if they suspected RMC of recording and leaking the footage himself or wanting to track down the perpetrator through him (this is what that leak was right? Footage of the beta?) and the contract for the beta had strict guidelines? I really don’t know. But since we know he’s in good health and can’t speak about what’s happening it seems likely this is a legal issue, Tencent related or not. I hope it all gets sorted without much issue though regardless of what it is and however long it takes!

Sat Mar 13 21 06:40pm
Rating: 1

That sounds so logical that I absolutely hate it. But, come on, it's one of the biggest, if not the biggest, Nintendo news blogs out there. Surely Ninty should find a way to iron this madness out (if true, of course). I mean this place is great advertisement for Nintendo after all.

I really don’t know. GoNintendo and hundreds of sites report on leaks all the time and never seem to get too much trouble (maybe blacklisted at worst) so this kind of severe reaction would be weird.

I checked out the Pokemon Unite post and he just linked to (now removed) YouTube videos of the game so I’m not sure that there’s any grounds for any action on that. Then again, cease and desists have happened before for just sharing leaked material (Serebii got hit with one for sharing B/W screenshots) so who knows what kind of power they have with these things- it was an innocent enough post but I don’t know what the legality of this kind of thing is and Tencent being Tencent (alongside The Pokemon Company) it wouldn’t really surprise me if they’re aggressive with this kind of thing, especially with it being shared on a popular outlet like this. If it’s not an issue with Tencent/TPC then surely it’s a legal issue stemming elsewhere...RMC’s inability to discuss the situation (totally out of character for him if he is allowed to talk about it without consequence) and the suddenness of it happening just screams legal trouble to me.

Well, I think we can al agree that it's very odd a situation.

In the end:



late to the convo but the Beta was full of warnings against sharing, and users agreed to not share/stream in the Beta TOS.I had taken a screenshot to show a costume to a friend and when I went to check it a large WARNING message appeared as well as my in game name to be able to track it back to me. While its obvious RMC didnt make any of the videos, due to how severe the warnings were in the beta I wouldnt be surprised to find out that Tencent/TPC are coming down on anyone who shared anything regardless of how many degrees of seperation they have from the origin of the content.

Sat Mar 13 21 07:40pm
Rating: 1

The fact that other editors aren't allowed to post news stories does not bode well, in my opinion.

I'd like to be wrong.

Yeah..what gives? IS RMC like the only one who can upload news and stuff here?!?

hopefully it's just that RMC doesn't want to lose control of Gonintendo...either that or he doesn't want to burden anyone else with his workload. I mean this site is his baby after all.
so hopefully you're wrong. honestly I just wish we could all get an update as to what is actually going on so this existential dread wild speculation can end.

Who else is going to report to me da Nintendo firmware stability?!?

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